Helene

Mao's Last Dancer

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The director of the upcoming movie will be Bruce Beresford. Beresford's other films include Breaker Morant (1980), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Black Robe (1991).

Beresford is one of those fine directors whose excellent but unshowy work doesn’t get the attention it deserves; often as not his actors and pictures win prizes but his work is sometimes overlooked. Breaker Morant is one of my favorite films, Driving Miss Daisy you all know about, and Black Robe is well worth checking out, a gripping movie on an unusual subject. He also did a good adaptation of Joyce Cary’s “Mister Johnson.”

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It will make a great film. It's a beautiful piece of material. I loved the book and cant wait to see it as a film. :sweatingbullets:

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Here's a trailer for the film of Mao's Last Dancer.

http://www.maoslastdancermovie.com/

The film is due for release in Australia on 1st October but I understand that it is due to be shown at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

I'd love to hear reports.

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The cast list is interesting:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1071812/fullcredits#cast

Amanda Schull, who played the lead in "Center Stage", plays Elizabeth Mackey, Li's first wife, who seems to have been expunged from his official site:

http://www.licunxin.com/index.htm

BTW, according to his site, his name is pronounced "Lee Schwin Sing".

Camilla Vergotis, who was trained in Australia and is a soloist for the Hong Kong Ballet, which is one of two featured companies in the film, plays his second wife, Mary McKendry.

http://www.hkballet.com/2007/eng/aboutUs/b...a_vergotis.html

Australian Ballet dancers Madeleine Eastoe and Stephen Heathcote appear to be playing themselves.

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Did anyone see the film at the Toronto Film Festival?

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